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14 04, 2017

Review: Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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fate of flames book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Four girls, each with control over one of the four elements, are the only force that stands against humanity and it is in their hands when Phantoms, massive beasts made of pure terror, appear and begin destroying the biggest cities in the world. Since the appearance of Phantoms, cities have taken measures to protect the remaining civilizations and four girls continue to fulfill their duties as heroes. When one Effigy dies, another becomes her replacement in an instant, continuing her duties, for as long as they’re needed.

6 01, 2016

Firebird Series by Claudia Gray

By | January 6th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments

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thousand pieces of you book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Spies, mystery, suspense, romance, and time travel—Claudia Gray’s Firebird series has it all.

I’ll admit. I was a little leery going into A Thousand Pieces of You. I was afraid the “science-y” mumbo jumbo would slow me down (I mean I love Doctor Who as much as the next girl, but sometimes when he goes all “timey whimey” I have to scratch my head), but Gray is able to explain it in such a way that it is easy to understand. By the time you reach Ten Thousand Skies Above You, reading about the physics that goes into time jumping is normal.

A Thousand Pieces of You drops you in the middle of the story. Our heroine, Marguerite Caine, has time jumped with the sole purpose of finding and killing her father’s

19 12, 2015

Review: The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

By | December 19th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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the unquiet book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

The Unquiet revolves around Lirael who has been learning to kill since childhood. She has been training to replace a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. However, she is beginning to suspect that she is not exactly a good person. She obeys orders and kills mercilessly. Furthermore, the two Earths are identical in almost every single way possible: there are two copies of every city, every building and of course, even every person. However, two versions of the same substance cannot exist. The people of the second Earth are aware of something that their duplicates do not know. The people and their planet are slowly disappearing. Lira has always made it her mission to learn everything about her duplicate; she wants to find the duplicate Lirael and take over her life.

The Unquiet is

3 10, 2015

Review: Torn by Avery Hastings

By | October 3rd, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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torn book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Davis has been shipped off to Tor-N, a Narxis research center that might not be doing the good things it has been advertising to the public eye. While there, she meets another patient, the quirky Mercer, who gives her a glimmer of hope that all might not be utterly and completely lost as well as a potential spark, if she can get over the loss of Cole, her one true love. Together, Davis and Mercier quickly put together an escape plan and look for clues that will both reveal a cure as well as reveal the true intentions of the doctors in charge at Tor-N.

Cole, on the other hand, has faked his death and is in the midst of adopting a new identity so he can compete in the Olympiads. He trains with Mari, the fiesty daughter

23 07, 2015

Review: The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings

By | July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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the death code book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Sometimes you get your hands on a book and it sinks its claws into you and will not let you go until you devour ever word. The Death Code did that to me. No only were the chapters short, but they were so fast paced it was nothing to sit and read one hundred, two hundred pages in one sitting. And talk about ripping your heart out at the end (and then handing it back). Brilliant Lindsay Cummings. Brilliant.

The Death Code is book two in Lindsay Cummings Murder Complex series. It picks up pretty quick after book one ended (so be sure to read book one first. I read it late last year and character were still a little foggy . . . I caught up quick though). Meadow, Zephyr, and the rest of their

18 06, 2015

Review: Catalyst by Lydia Kang

By | June 18th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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catalyst book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I broke the cardinal book-reading rule when I picked up Catalyst by Lydia Kang; I didn’t read the first book in the series. It was my mistake. When I read the synopsis for Catalyst, I immediately thought it would be something I would enjoy. So, I didn’t give it another thought and started to devour the book. I didn’t realize it was the second book in a series until about a quarter of the way through, and even then, I still found myself enjoying the story and able to keep up with the characters.

Zelia Benten is one of a select number of adolescents who have had their DNA modified by various science experiences. What this means is that Zelia and her friends have special powers, like speaking directly into someone’s thoughts. The downside is, in this

29 05, 2015

Review: Hit by Delilah Dawson

By | May 29th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, New Experiences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Social Issues, Violence, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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hit book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

High schooler Patsy Klein (yes, really) has just been given an unthinkable assignment: she must kill a list of ten people, or her mother will die. It’s a harsh reality that Patsy’s mother is one of the millions of Americans who’s taken on more debt than they can handle…and the nation’s biggest bank, Valor Savings, is erasing that debt in a horrifying manner. The person who’s contracted the debt has the choice to pay it back, be killed, or kill others in their same position. Patsy has decided to take on the killing for her mom.

I’m going to take a minute here to talk about how utterly ridiculous this plot is. So this banking conglomerate, Valor, is going out and KILLING the people who collectively owe them probably billions of dollars. Maybe it’s just me, but this

9 04, 2015

Review: The Prey by Tom Isbell

By | April 9th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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the prey book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

It is rare for me to see a book marketed as highly as The Prey by Tom Isbell. I saw ads for the novel all over the internet, popping up on Amazon and GoodReads. Those ads definitely contributed to my excitement for reading The Prey. I’m into dystopian novels, and The Prey promised a post-nuclear America contaminated by a corrupted government and questionable morals. What I did not expect was for the book to be so poorly written that I could barely make it to the last page, let alone enjoy a coherent story with well thought-out characters.

The Prey starts off in the middle of some sort of rehabilitation camp for orphaned boys. You don’t know much about the camp other than that the boys have all been exposed to radiation as a result of the nuclear blasts

2 04, 2015

Review: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

By | April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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in the afterlight book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

In the Afterlight is the closing novel of the spectacular young adult series, The Darkest Minds. The story picks up a month or so after the headquarters of our main character, Ruby, have been destroyed in a citywide bombing. Ruby and her rebel comrades have suffered huge losses, and even though they feel especially low, they are not going down without a fight.

Although Ruby has lost one of the people she was closest to, she has also let one back into her life. Liam now remembers nearly everything that went on between the two of them, and he’s more than ready to forgive Ruby and move forward in their relationship. But in a world where Ruby cannot guarantee that she will be alive from one day to the next, how can she open herself up

30 03, 2015

Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

By | March 30th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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never fade book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

Never Fade is the second book in the Darkest Minds series, and the tone of the novel is dramatically different than that of its predecessor. Whereas in the first book the reader gets to see the main character, Ruby, as a somewhat fragile, confused ex-prisoner, we now get to see her as a soldier working towards the cause of saving other young people like herself.

The book picks up six months after the events of The Darkest Minds. Ruby has joined and very reluctantly risen up the ranks to become a respected leader in the Children’s League. She is often called upon to use her psi abilities to read the minds of those who know important information about what the League is trying to accomplish. All this has come at quite a price to Ruby: the friends